At work, you do your best to stay safe. You try to make sure everyone on your team stays current with training materials and that you are educated in the best ways to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, not everything is in your control, and mistakes do happen.
A co-worker was starting a piece of machinery up and didn’t realize that you were working on it. Although they were quick to turn it off, you still suffered injuries from the machine turning on while you were inside the main compartment. You were rushed to the hospital and survived, but you have many expenses to take care of. You also aren’t sure if you’ll be able to go back to your job because your injuries limit your abilities.
Situations like this are a prime example of why workers’ compensation is important. Workers’ compensation provides coverage to people who are in situations like yours so that they can focus on recovering without having to worry about lost wages or getting back to work sooner than they should. Workers’ compensation usually provides benefits such as:
- Compensation for lost wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Coverage for medical bills
If you’re hurt on the job, then your employer should help you file a claim for workers’ compensation. Starting the claim early gives you a better chance of having it approved sooner, so you can have the financial support that you need in the future and as you recover. Our website has more on workers’ compensation claims and what you should know if you need to file one after a workplace accident.